As we come to the close of 2019, The Boot is looking back at some of the top headlines from the year. Readers can look back and remember the stories that have made waves in the country music world from now until just before Christmas.

To determine the five biggest stories of each month, The Boot's staff looked at website traffic; the featured stories received the most visitors throughout the month in which they broke.

In January of 2019, country music fans learned sad news involving one of Waylon Jennings’ sons, while John Denver’s former home (which is gorgeous, by the way) went up for sale. Eric Church, meanwhile, was the subject of two of the month's major headlines.

What five stories were the biggest of the month? Read on ...

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